DETROIT (WWJ) — A Detroit police officer was injured and a man is dead after what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop on Friday afternoon.
The officer noticed illegal narcotic drugs in a pulled-over vehicle on Warren Rd. just west of the 1-94 overpass on the West Side of Detroit. The driver then attempted to speed off, but the officer hung on to the side of the vehicle as the car dragged him down the road.
The officer was able to pull his gun and shoot the driver in the chest, who died on the scene. One witness said the scene caught his attention when he heard the gunshot.
The officer was able to free himself and fell from the vehicle, which kept going, hit a pole and flipped over.
“I heard the shot and the screeching of the wheels,” the witness said. “The officer was on his knees when I walked out of the gate. Before that, I heard the shot and that’s when the car came speeding past us and almost tore up another car, but then he veered off to the left.”
The officer suffered only minor injuries. Another witness said bystanders rushed to see if the officer was alright following the incident.
“The cop was on the ground, his gun was on the ground, his cell phone was all cracked up,” the man said. “We thought that he had got shot, we were asking if he was okay and everything and then he said ‘I’m alright.’
“He was shaking like a leaf on a tree.”